To celebrate my one year of living in Dublin this month, I have decided to write a blog post on my journey (briefly) and share some tips with you, on where I have been having a good time, in the citay!
Soon after moving to Dublin, I became a Single Pringle – which did not help the transition moving to a new city on my own, especially after leaving my whole life in Cork. However, I was determined to survive alone and get to know Dublin’s best spots.
Moving to a new, bigger city on your own – means you must push yourself to meet new people and experience new things. My office was based on the outskirts of the city, which meant most of my colleagues didn’t live close by, hence – the social gathering near me wasn’t as frequent as I had hoped.
So – unfortunately – I had to think outside the box, that ‘safe’ box.
I began to Google, ways of meeting new people in this big, new city. I joined groups and met up with like-minded people & really pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
Besides this, I also – started a new part-time course, that I figured would open new avenues for me regarding meeting new people.
I joined a new sailing boat for regattas and kept myself busy with a new crew in Dun Laoghaire.
Also, from starting my blog, I have gotten to know some other bloggers in Dublin – which I am so glad of – because not everyone understands ‘blogging’ yet and why sometimes, we may have to stand up on the chair to get a flat lay photo – and at least my blogger friends can’t judge 🙂
Moving outside your comfort zone is something you have no choice about at times like this, unless – you want to have no life outside of work!
So, what about my social life – I hear you say?
For almost the first 6 months living in Dublin – I did not have much of a social life. I found the transition etc. a bit of a challenge, therefore, I didn’t start living my life in Dublin until around March 2017.
After putting myself out there and meeting all these new people, I had something interesting planned for almost every night of the week.
I began venturing to many bars and restaurants in a Ranelagh for example. McSorley’s is the place to be, especially past 12 O’ Clock, so be sure to check this place out if you are in the area. The Green Luas line goes from Stephens Green and has a stop in Ranelagh, which is really handy. This is a good alternative to a taxi, as you don’t want to get caught in traffic in a taxi – $$$.
Here is the link to the tram system that is available in Dublin: https://www.luas.ie/luas-green-line-stops/
^ Luas – Red and Green Line Map – Stops ^
Moving on from Ranelagh, it was time to experience the real city which contained the rooftop bars, something totally out of my normal regime. One friend introduced me to my now new favourite bar in Dublin – called ‘Sofie’s’.
If you follow me on Instagram @mias_ways you will probably see a lot of snaps from here 🙂
Moving on from here (which, let’s be honest, I never really want to because it’s so nice) a bar called – ‘The Jar’, I really like this place too and this is where I discovered the drink – ‘Blue Moon’ for the first time. Another friend introduced me to this bar and now has me hooked on Blue Moon – Thanks, girl 😉
The Jar: http://thejar.ie/
I can’t say I have been to many nightclubs, I don’t seem to want to hang around long enough for this sort of scene and I am quite happy getting food and going home after a great night in a late-night bar.
Usually, one of my friends ropes me into a weekday meet up and we have enjoyed each others company in pubs such as ‘The Portobello’ (They do amazing platters and reasonably priced drinks) and ‘The Bleeding Horse’. Both are casual and cosy – feels like I’m right at home in Cork when I’m in these pubs 🙂
The Portobello: http://www.portobellohotel.ie/Bar/
The Bleeding Horse: https://bleedinghorse.ie/
‘The Odeon’ is a good pub for a date, nice relaxed, spacious, not too loud so you can actually talk to the person you’re trying to get to know. This pub is on Harcourt Street, which is ideal to start off with, as you are close enough to other nice pubs and clubs.
The Odeon: http://odeon.ie/
One touristy thing I did was visit ‘The Guinness Storehouse’ – which was really worth it. I wouldn’t be a big Guinness fan, but it was nice knowing the history behind the famous drink brewed in Ireland.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you ever see me in any of my locals – be sure to come over and say hello, even though you may not know me – I am known to be very friendly 🙂
If you would like to see a blog post on my top 10 or so pubs/restaurants in Dublin city – please comment below.